A reading list that delves into some of the most powerful tellings of queer realities, stories, and imaginings within CanLit. Experience the depth and diversity of Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+  community, as a proud member, a questioner, or an ally. Here we are all readers, writers, and lovers of words.

Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival proudly creates space for conversations that highlight marginalized voices and the issues most relevant to them. This reading list includes festival alumni, Shani Mootoo, Casey Plett, Farzana Doctor, Sarah Kurchak, Zoe Whittall, and Adam Mardero, and we look forward to the new conversations and queer authors who will celebrate our 10th Edition with us this November. 

Sodom Road Exit

by Amber Dawn


by Catherine Hernandez

A History of My Brief Body

by Billy-Ray Belcourt

It Was Never Going To Be Okay

by Jaye Simpson

Under My Skin

by Orville Lloyd Douglas

We Have Always Been Here

by Samra Habib

Cut To Fortress

By Tawahum Bige

Cane Fire

By Shani Mootoo

Polar Vortex

By Shani Mootoo

The Language We Were Never Taught To Speak

By Grace Lau

Angry Queer Somali Boy

By Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali

Sister Seen, Sister Heard

By Kimia Eslah

The Family Way

By Christopher Diraddo


By Jessica Campbell

Claimings and Other Wild Things

By Nyx (Noelle) Schmidt

Fierce Femmes And Notorious Liars

By Kai Cheng Thom

A Dream of A Woman

By Casey Plett

Little Fish

By Casey Plett

The Pull of The Stars

By Emma Donoghue

Butter Honey Pig Bread

By Francesca Ekwuyasi

Personal Attention Roleplay

By Helen Chau Bradley

Care Of

By Ivan Coyote

Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead

By Emily Austin

Tegan & Sara

Modern Heartthrobs

ByMelody Lau

Letters to Amelia

By Lindsay Zier-Vogel

You Still Look The Same

By Farzana Doctor

Stealing Nasreen

By Farzana Doctor

I Overcame My Autism

And All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder

By Sarah Kurchak

The Fake

By Zoe Whittall

People Change

By Vivek Shraya

Burning Sugar

By Cicely Belle Blain


By Joshua Whitehead


By Darrel J. McLeod

A Two-Spirit Journey

By Ma-Nee Chacaby

Uncommon Sense

By Adam Mardero